Poetry at Beinecke Library

Spencer Brown Papers

Posted in Beinecke Collections by beineckepoetry on June 23, 2007

Spencer Brown was born in 1909 in Hartford, Connecticut, graduated from Harvard University with an A.B in 1930 and an A.M. in 1932, and taught at the Loomis School (1930-1931), Taft School (1932-1934), and Fieldston School (1938-1971), where he also served as principal (1965-1971). His published collections of poetry include: My Father’s Business and Other Poems (1956), Looking into the Fire (1967), and Child’s Game, On a Journey (1979). Brown died in Croton-on-Hudson, New York in 1989.

The collection consists of writings, correspondence, printed material, scattered business records, and personal papers relating to aspects of Spencer’s Brown career as an educator and poet. Writings include typescripts of articles, lectures, and poems, some of which are annotated. Correspondence includes letters from friends, family, writers, editors, and admirers, as well as copies of outgoing correspondence and letters to Margaret Brown. Correspondents include Felix Stefanile, The Sewanee Review, Jack Stillinger, Dana Gioia, and Howard Moss, among others. (JM)

A compete record for the collection is available online: Spencer Brown Papers. Records for Brown’s books can be found in the Yale Library catalog: Orbis. Related collections in the Yale Collection of American Literature include the James Weil Papers.

Save the Dates!

Posted in Poetry at Yale, Readings at Beinecke, Readings at Yale by beineckepoetry on June 11, 2007

Fall 2007 Readings at Beinecke Library

Yusef Komunyakaa
Thursday, September 20th, 4 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series

Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of many collections of poetry, including Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999, Talking Dirty to the Gods, Magic City, Dien Cai Dau, Thieves of Paradise, and Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is also the author of Blues Notes: Essays, Interviews & Commentaries. He has received the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, where he served as a correspondent and managing editor of the Southern Cross.

Charles Bernstein
Tuesday, October 16th, 4 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series

Charles Bernstein is the author of some 20 collections of poetry including Girly Man, With Strings, Republics of Reality: 1975-1995, Dark City , Rough Trades, The Nude Formalism, and Stigma. He is the author of volumes of prose and criticism including My Way: Speeches and Poems, A Poetics, and Content’s Dream: Essays 1975-1984. Charles Bernstein was the co-founder the influential journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and the co-editor of the anthology The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book. He has written librettos for several operas and has worked with composers such as Ben Yarmolinsky, Brian Ferneyhough, and Dean Drummond. He has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Christian Bök
Thursday, November 1, 4pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Co-Sponsored by the Modern Books and Manuscripts Collection
and the Beinecke Library-Whitney Humanities Center
Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Christian Bök is a Canadian experimental poet. He is the author of numerous books, including Crystallography, a pataphysical encyclopedia, and Eunoia, a lipogram that uses only one vowel in each of its five chapters; Eunoia was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002. He is a professor at the University of Calgary.


Graham Foust and Elizabeth Robinson
Thursday, November 15th, 4 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series


Graham Foust is the author of three books of poetry, Necessary Stranger, Leave the Room to Itself, and As in Every Deafness and numerous poetry chapbooks. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is currently on the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing at St. Mary’s College of California.

Elizabeth Robinson is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Pure Descent, winner of the National Poetry Series, Apprehend, winner of the Fence Modern Poets Series, Under that Silky Roof, House Made of Silver, and Bed of Lists. She has been awarded the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry and a grant from the Fund for Poetry. She is co-editor of 26, a magazine of poetry and poetics, EtherDome, a press dedicated to publishing the work of emerging women poets, and Instance Press.

Frank Bidart, Poetry Reading
Tuesday, November 27th, 4 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Co-Sponsored by the Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series and the Department of English

Frank Bidart is the winner of the 2007 Bollingen Prize for poetry. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including In the Western Night: Collected Poems, 1965-90, Desire, Star Dust, and Music Like Dirt. He has received the Wallace Stevens Award, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and the Bobbitt Prize for Poetry. He has taught at Brandeis University and, since 1972, Wellesley College. In 2003 he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

A regularly-updated list of Fall 2007 readings scheduled at Yale University can be found on line: 2007-2008 Readings at Yale University



Charles Plymell Papers

Posted in Beinecke Collections, Poetry at Yale by beineckepoetry on June 1, 2007

A small archive of letters, manuscripts, and manuscript notebooks by poet, editor, and novelist Charles Plymell; the notebooks include drafts of poems and letters, miscellaneous notes, and drawings by the poet. All materials date from approximately 1968-1969.

Plymell, a Kansas native of part Wyandot/Cherokee descent, was closely associated with Beat Generation poets and writers, including Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady. Living in San Francisco in the 1960s, Plymell was also publisher of the first issue of Zap Comix. His published works include: Neon Poems, Last of the Moccasins, Blue Orchid Numero Uno, and Forever Wider: Poems New and Selected, 1954-1984.

Copies of Charles Plymell’s books in the Yale Libraries can be located by searching Orbis, the Yale Library catalog. A full record of the archive is available on line: Charles Plymell Papers.

Image: Charles Plymell, Cherry Valley Editions